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Building Healthier Communities
high cost of living in northern New Jersey makes it challenging for many
families to access health services and nutritious foods. Many families
are forced to sacrifice medical and prescription drug insurance to be
able to put food on the table or pay their electric bill. It is
especially tough for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families and the growing number of residents who are the primary
caregiver for a loved one, while also juggling the responsibilities of
work, family, and maintaining their own health.
For the first time in history, lifestyle diseases kill more people than communicable ones.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2009
Since many health problems are preventable or manageable, United Way is working to expand access to healthy foods, nutrition education, and information about social services for the many vulnerable families living in our communities. In addition, we disseminate prescription drug discount cards to help community members who cannot afford important medications. And we help to support unpaid family caregivers so they can better maintain their own health while they provide care for a loved one.
United Way of Northern New Jersey is committed to creating stronger communities where healthy living options are affordable and accessible and those struggling are not isolated and alone.
Support for Unpaid Family Caregivers
As many of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues have taken on the role of caregiver for an ailing relative, United Way or Northern New Jersey is providing the education, resources and services they need to make informed decisions and not lose sight of their own health needs.
United Way Caregivers Coalition
Increasing Access to Healthy Living Choices
Many residents and families do not have the support they need to make healthy, informed choices that lead to a healthy life. United Way of Northern New Jersey works to ensure our residents have access to information on good health practices and healthy food options to help them attain optimal physical health for themselves, their families, and children.
United Way Healthy Foods
Prescription Drug Assistance